Rare Book Exhibit
The shift from writing on tablets or scrolls to writing
on pages of papyrus or paper put together as a codex (or book) led to
the invention of bindings to protect the volume. Earliest bindings were
made of wood, later ones of leather or metal. The fine materials and
artistic skill expended on bindings often indicates the value placed
on the books they cover.
The Library's collection of unusual and artistic bindings includes
those made of wood, ivory, leather, embroidered cloth, and silver;
many have fine tooling or other decorations.
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made possible through the generous bequest of Sadie Klau